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Sao Paulo, State Of

SAO PAULO, STATE OF, a state of Brazil extending from 19 54' to 25 15' S. lat. and bounded N. by Matto Grosso and Minas Geraes', E. by Minas Geraes, Rio de Janeiro and the Atlantic, S. by the Atlantic and Parana, and W. by Parana and MattoGrosso. Pop. (1900) 2,282,279; area, 112,312 sq. m. The state has a coast-line 373 m. long, skirted closely by the Sierra do Mar, below which is a narrow coastal zone broken by lagoons, tidal channels and mountain spurs. Above is an extensive plateau (1500 to 220x3 ft. above sea-level) with a mild temperate climate. The southern and eastern borders are broken by mountain chains, and isolated ranges of low elevation break the surface elsewhere, but in general the state may be described as a tableland with an undulating surface sloping westward to the Parana. The extreme eastern part, however, has an eastward slope and belongs to the Parahyba basin. The state is traversed by a number of large rivers, tributaries of the Parani, the largest of which are the Rio Grande, a part of the N. boundary, Dourados, Tiete, Aguapehy, Tigre, and, a part of the S. boundary, the Paranapanema. The Parana forms the W. boundary of the state. The basins of the Pardo and the Tiet6 include some of the richest coffee estates of Brazil. The state is well wooded, especially on the slopes of theSerra do Mar, but there are extensive grassy campos (plains) on the plateau. A large part of western Sao Paulo is still unsettled. The coastal zone is hot and generally malarial, with heavy rainfall. On the plateau the rainfall is sufficiently abundant, but the air is drier and more bracing, the Sun temperature being high and the nights cool. The open country is singularly healthy, but the river courses are generally malarial. Some of the cities have suffered from fever epidemics, due to bad drainage and insanitary conditions.

The great industries are agricultural, and the most conspicuous is coffee production. Sao Paulo produces more than one-half the total Brazilian crop and its one great port, Santos, is the largest coffeeshipping port in the world. The terra roxa (red earth) lands of the central and northern parts of the state, especially in the basins of the Tiet6 and Pardo, are peculiarly favourable. This soil is ferruginous, pasty, deep red in colour, and free from stone, and it covers the higher surface of the plateau with a thick layer. The best plantations are on the high divides between the river courses, and not in their eroded valleys. The Rio Pardo (Brown river) probably derives its name from this soil. For the cropyear (July to June) of 1895-1896 the production was 3,053,804 bags, and in 1905-1906 it was 6,977,175 bags these figures being the deliveries at Santos for exportation and not including the reserves on the plantations and the home consumption. The crop for the last year mentioned was not a maximum, however, for the deliveries at Santos in 1901-1902 were 10,165,043 bags and in 1902-1903, 8,349,828 bags. These immense crops were produced in spite of appeals to producers not to_ increase production, and even of a special tax on new plantations imposed by the state in 1903. Over-production was keeping the price below a remunerative figure and threatened to ruin the industry. In 1906 the state entered into an accord, known as the " Convemo de Taubata," with the states of Rio de Janeiro and Minas Geraes, to maintain the home selling price of Type No. 7 at 55 to 65 francs gold per bag of 60 kilogrammes (other types in proportion) for the first year, and then to increase this price to 70 francs, according to the state of the market ; and to check as far as possible the exportation of coffees inferior to Type No. 7, which was a grade largely exported to the United States for the roasted coffee package trade, although large quantities of inferior grades were used in the same trade. In addition to the suspension or limitation of the export of grades below Type No. 7, coffee was to be bought and stored until it could be sold through accredited agents abroad at a satisfactory price. To do this, the state of Sao Paulo was authorized to float a loan of 15,000,000. Failing to accomplish this by itself, the state secured the endorsement of the national congress in December 1908, guaranteeing the above loan, to meet the service of which a surtax of 5 francs per bag was decreed. The guarantee was to endure for ten years, during which time all the transactions of the combination, which undertook to limit the sales abroad to 500,000 bags in 1910, 600,000 bags in 1911, 700,000 bags in 1912, 800,000 bags in 1913 and 700,000 per annum thereafter, were to be subject to the approval of the national government. Another measure was the imposition of an additional tax of 20% on all exports for the year above 9,500,000 bags. At the time this guarantee was obtained the state of Sao Paulo already held nearly 7,000,000 bags of coffee, the larger part on storage in foreign markets, and had apparently reached the limit of its resources, as the foreign markets had failed to respond to its expectations. At the end of the following year this reserved stock had increased to 8,400,000 bags, and the position had become desperate. The loan of 15,000,000 was floated in 1909, and the pressure was relieved, but the situation was then further complicated by a movement among the coffee planters to have the 9,500,000 bags limit on annual sales removed, and the loan service tax of 5 francs a bag reduced. There had been some improvement in the commercial situation in 1909, but the influence of a reserve of over 8,000,000 bags, increasing crops, and the reckless purpose of planters to realize on their crops regardless of the effect on the government, all conspired to make the situation critical.

The other agricultural products of the state include sugar, cotton, rice, tobacco, Indian corn, beans, mandioca, grapes, bananas and other fruits, and many of the vegetables of the temperate zone. Cereals can be grown, but climatic conditions have been considered unfavourable. Sugar cane was the first exotic to be cultivated in Sao Paulo, and was its principal product in colonial times. Cotton was largely produced, especially during the American Civil War, but the industry nearly disappeared, and now is again improving because of the demand for fibre by the national cotton factories. The cultivation of rice also is increasing, under the stimulus of protective duties. Although Sao Paulo is not classed as a pastoral region, the state possesses large herds of cattle, which are being improved by the importation of pure-bred stock from Europe. Butter and cheese are produced to a limited extent, and the supply of fresh milk to the cities is attracting some attention. Attention is also given, to a limited extent, to the breeding of horses and mules. The most general and profitable of the animal industries is the breeding of swine, which thrive remarkably on the plateau. The state has an excellent agricultural school and experiment station at Piracicaba, and there is also a zootechnic station near the capital.

The principal manufactures are cotton and woollen textiles, jute bagging, aramina fabrics, furniture, iron and bronze, coffee machinery and agricultural implements, beer, artificial liquors, mineral waters, biscuits, macaroni, conserves, chocolate and other food products, glass bottles, glassware, earthenware, soap, gloves, boots and shoes, trunks and musical instruments. Steam power is generally used, though both electric and hydraulic power are employed. There are several large cotton factories, which are chiefly employed in the manufacture of the coarser grades of cloth for the working classes. The iron mines and works at Ypanema, near Sorocaba, are one of the oldest industries of the state, dating back to the first quarter of the 19th century. It is a government enterprise and has absorbed an immense sum of money, but has never reached a self-supporting stage.

Sao Paulo is well provided with railways, which include the pioneer line from Santos to Jundiahy (an English enterprise) which has a double track from Santos to the city of Sao Paulo, the Paulista lines which are a continuation of the English line into the interior, the Mogyana lines running northward from Campinas through rich coffee districts to Uberaba in Minas Geraes and farther on toward Goyaz, the Sorocabana running south-westward from Sao Paulo toward the Paran4 frontier, the Sao Paulo branch of the Central do Brazil line which passes through the E. part of the state and provides communication with the national capital, and the Sao Paulo and Rio Grande which is designed to cross the states of Parana and Santa Catharina to connect with the railways of Rio Grande do Sul. All these lines except the two last are tributary to the English line and the port of Santos. In addition to these many of the large plantations have private railways, of the Decauville type, for the transportation of produce and material to and from the nearest railway station, and all the large cities have tramway lines, many using electric traction. The ports of the state are Santos, which is visited by large steamers in the foreign trade, and Cananea, Iguape, Sao Sebastiao and Ubatuba which are engaged in the coasting trade only. Cananea and Iguape are chiefly known for the rice grown in their vicinity. Ubatuba, near the E. end of the Sao Paulo coast, has a fine, almost landlocked bay, but is without good communication with the interior.

An important contributory element to the prosperity of the state is the large number of immigrants. Between 1827 and 1900 the arrivals numbered 969,230, of which seven-tenths were Italians. A considerable part of the immigrant movement consists of itinerant labourers who go to Sao Paulo for the coffee-picking, just as they go to Argentina for the wheat harvest.

The capital of the state is Sao Paulo (3.11.) and its principal port and second city in importance is Santos (q.v.). The chief cities and towns, with populations in 1890 where not otherwise stated, are as follows, the enumeration being for municipalities, or parishes, including large rural areas and sometimes including separate villages: Campinas (q.v.); Guarantingueta (30,690; estimate 45,000 in 1906), on the Parahyba, 120 m. E.N.E. of Sao Paulo; Piracicaba (25,275), 85 m. N.W. of Sao Paulo; Limeira (21,605), in a fertile thicklysettled district; Rio Claro (20,843), '35 m- N.W. of Santos, on a branch of the Paulista railway, in a fertile coffee-producing region, 2030 ft. above the sea; Taubati (20,773), one of the oldest cities of the state, on the Parahyba 80 m. E.N.E. of the capital, in a rich agricultural district, with works for refining oil from the petroleumbearing shales in the vicinity; Braganza, or Braganga (19.787), 50 m. r>J. of Sao Paulo in a fertile country partly devoted to sugar production and stock; Sao Jos dos Campos (18,884); Tiet6 (18,878), on the Tiet6 river N.W. of S. Paulo; Pindamonhangaba (17,542 ; estimate 25,000 in 1906), on the Parahyba river and Central do Brazil railway 105 m. N.E. of Sao Paulo in a long settled district, 1770 ft. above the sea, producing coffee, sugar, rice, Indian corn, beans, rum and cattle; Sorocaba (17,068; estimate 30,000 in 1906), a prosperous manufacturing and commercial town on the Rio Sorocaba and Sorocabana railway, 50 m. W. of Sao Paulo; Itu, or Ytii (13,790) about 70 m. W.N.W. of Sao Paulo on the Tiet6 river and Ituana railway, with water power derived from the Salto (falls) de Itu, and with important manufactures; Sao Carlos do Pinhal (12,651); Casa Branca (13,482), in the N. coffee region; Parahybuna (13,395); Pirassununga (12,494); Batataes (12,438); Franca (12,425); Jacarehy (12,279); Botucatu (12,089); Jundiahy (12,051), 86 m. N. of Santos, an important manufacturing town and railway junction, 2320 ft. above sea-level; Ribeirao Preto (12,033), '97 m - N. of Campinas on the Mogyana railway in a fertile coffee-producing region; Iguape (i 1,888), a port on the southern coast of the state, on a tidewater channel of sufficient depth for coastwise steamers, with exports of rice and timber; Lorena (10,342), 130 m. N.E. of Sao Paulo, beautifully situated, 1760 ft. above the sea, a station on the Central do Brazil railway, and the junction of a branch railway to the Campos do Jordao where the national government has established a military sanatorium because of its dry, bracing climate; and Cruzeiro (8883).

Sao Paulo was settled in 1532 by the Portuguese under Martim Affonso de Souza, who established a colony near Santos, at Sao Vicente, now an unimportant village. It was originally called the capitania of Sao Vicente (organized 1534) and covered the whole of southern Brazil from Rio de Janeiro south. After the suppression of the captaincy grants, parts of this enormous territory were cut off from time to time to form other captaincies, from which developed the present states of Rio de Janeiro, Minas Geraes, Matto Grosso, Parana, Santa Catharina and Rio Grande do Sul. In 1681 Sao Paulo succeeded Sao Vicente as the capital of the captaincy, and the original name of the latter gradually fell into disuse. The people of the state have always been distinguished for their energy and enterprise, especially during the colonial period. The early population was largely composed of half breeds, known as Mamelucos, and the exploration of the greater part of the interior of Brazil is due to them. Their exploring parties, called bandeiras, discovered the first gold mines of Minas Geraes and Matto Grosso, drove the Jesuit missions from Parana, and traversed the interior northward into Piauhy, north-westward almost to Quito, westward into Bolivia and southward into Rio Grande and Paraguay. They were slave-hunters by profession, and were noted for cruelty as well as energy.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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